Walmart is not changing its firearm sales policy

Walmart is not changing its firearm sales policy

The retailer's chief executive, Doug McMillon, offered his support to the community of El Paso and reached out to employees via Instagram on Sunday.

Following a mass shooting that claimed 22 lives Saturday at a Walmart store (WMT) in El Paso, Texas, the company has chosen not to alter its policies on gun sales despite public pressure. Does that Walmart allow firearms in their store?

A group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said it has been asking Walmart to stop letting shoppers walk into its stores with guns - even where doing so is permitted by law.

"A number of people have said to me that this had to be a really hard decision", Dick's chief executive Edward Stack told The Washington Post in May. Walmart, the nation's largest retailer of firearms, confirmed to Reuters on Monday that the company has not issued any directives aimed at changing their policies for selling weapons. Just previous year, Walmart raised the age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21.

- Dave Hogg (@stareagle) August 3, 2019Boycott Walmart and every other non-specialist store until they stop selling murder weapons for profit.

"Walmart has a history of moving in the right direction, but what happened in El Paso shows they need to go further", executive director Igor Volsky, said.

Walmart, which has been selling guns for decades, has gradually tightened its gun policies in recent years.

"If this isn't a reason to boycott Walmart, I don't know what is!" the user tweeted.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove released a statement to USA Today saying that the retailer has been focused on showing care for the victims and their families in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.

Hargrove said Walmart requires customers looking to purchase firearms must pass a background check before a sale is completed.

"A lot of us are on edge", the 48-year-old said. Walmart did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

Walmart announced in 2015 that it would stop selling AR-15 and other semi-automatic rifles, and in February 2018, following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff members were killed, Walmart was among multiple chains that announced it would raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21.

Walmart took a strong stance on firearms in 2015, banning assault rifles.

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